Oklahoma State requested new depositions from Texas if a contract lawsuit continues against offensive line coach Joe Wickline, according to a report by the Associated Press. Head coach Charlie Strong, three assistant coaches, junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and former athletic director Steve Patterson are among those requested.
Oklahoma State sued Wickline last fall for nearly $600,000, alleging he breached his contract by making a lateral move to Texas. Wickline, the school says, didn’t receive a promotion with “play-calling duties” as he says.
The case resurfaced after Strong demoted Wickline and assistant head for offense/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson on Sept. 8. Wide receiver coach Jay Norvell became Texas’ play-caller after the Longhorns’ 38-3 loss to Notre Dame.
Oklahoma State wants to hear new depositions from Strong, Wickline, Watson, Norvell, Swoopes and Patterson.
Strong, Wickline and Watson were deposed earlier this year. Oklahoma State argues that Watson had the “final voice” over plays when the two served in co-offensive coordinator roles.
A tentative trial date has been set for March 2016 by Oklahoma Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler.
While at UT, junior women’s golfer Julia Beck has made a tradition — even a ritual — of marking her balls with a neon orange Sharpie for every tournament. Each tournament has its own distinct marking, but the orange Sharpie stays the same.
Beck is not the only player to bring a good luck charm with her to tournaments, but she is unique in decorating her golf balls.
And it seems to work.
Beck finished last season second in scoring average on the team at 74.24, behind then-senior golf superstar Bertine Strauss. With Strauss graduated, Beck now has the opportunity to take the lead of the team.
Beck was the only underclassman to compete in all 11 tournaments last season and is set to have another successful year.
At the Alamo Invitational last season, Beck broke par for the first time and took the lowest score for that tournament, even beating out Strauss.
The team kicks off the season Sunday with a dual match tournament against Texas A&M, and Beck will be a player to keep an eye on as the season gets started.
It’s been seven years from the time Mitch Harris graduated from the United States Naval Academy and a little over two years since he finished his five years of service in the U.S. Navy. But now Harris has made his way as a major league baseball player.
Harris pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 5-3 victory over Milwaukee. He struck out the first batter he faced, Adam Lind, and worked around a couple of singles and walks in his major league debut.
The Cardinals drafted the right-handed pitcher in the 13th round of the 2008 draft knowing that he would have to fulfill his commit to the U.S. Navy before he could join the organization. But, now that he has met his requirements, the Naval lieutenant, who went on three deployments, can finally play baseball.
Harris is the first Naval Academy graduate in 94 years to make an appearance in a major league baseball game since relief pitcher Nemo Gaines, who appeared in four games with the Washington Senators in 1921. Counting the minor leagues, Harris is one of nine Annapolis graduates to play baseball at a professional level.
"It's nice to finally say that the dream has begun to come true," Harris said to ESPN. "Obviously just making it is part of it, but staying is the better half."
Although Harris was sailing around the world serving his country for five years, he still found time to focus on baseball. Harris knew that he would have to keep his game and arm in check, even on boat, in order to keep his dream alive. His throwing partner was a cook from the Dominican Republic who was the only person on the ship who grew up around baseball.
“I threw on the flight deck when we could, depending on how the seas were, but it wasn’t often,” Harris told the Washington Post. “Depending on what type operations we were doing, or if I had watch, if I could do it or not. So we would if we had the opportunity.”
Harris won’t be an ordinary rookie for the Cardinals. He is 29 years old and his fastest pitch was only thrown around 80 mph when he reported to his first spring training. That only motivated Harris to get better in order to achieve his goal.
"If you tell yourself you're not going to be able to do it, you're setting yourself up for failure. So I told myself the whole time that there was going to be a time where I was going to get a chance to do this," Harris said. "And that was the best way to go about it. I'm human. There's definitely days where I thought there's no shot, no chance I was going to do this. But here we are."
Harris improvement over the offseason was obvious. He impressed many with his cutter, split-finger fastball and breaking ball and his pitch speed even hit the low-90s. He had a 1.86 ERA in eight appearances in this year for the Cardinals in spring training and posted two saves and a 2.45 ERA for Triple-A Memphis.
Harris now serves as a rare example to many that both a career in professional sports and the military are possible.